Tri Cities, WA: JBookwalter Winery |Elinora & Jared|

Every wedding is special in some way, to the couple and their families but also to those of us who get to help make this happen. We put ourselves in our work. It's only natural, as it is a culmination of effort and, dare I say, artistry (not to mention blood, sweat and tears). To me, this wedding is special for a number of reasons and ONE reason (which I'll get to last). Disclaimer, getting a bit personal on this one guys....

This wedding excited me on many levels. First off Elinora and Jared are one of those long time sweetheart couples that are so darling, they can make the multiple 3.5 hour drives between Seattle and their hometown deep in the heart of WA wine country feel like a quantum leap. 

Their copper themed nuptials were generously doused with lush wild floral in burgundy and white blooms with rambling foliage, and copper vessels that the florist Teresa personally brought back from copper mines in Mexico. [Swoon!] The place setting favors gave a nod to both the bride's family's business (fruit from their warehouse painted in edible metallics and labeled 'Bite Me') and the groom's career as a Boeing engineer (plane shaped bottle openers).

The couple's transportation between the ceremony and reception was in a vintage Pontiac in the same year and model that Jared's grandfather had owned over 50 years before (grandpa even caught a ride with them!). It's awesome when the betrothed make the details personal and meaningful. 

It's no big secret that I love latin music and dancing. So naturally I was stupidly excited when E&J said that they not only wanted mariachis, but that they also were going to take dance lessons to do a romantic bachata for their first dance. I stopped short of dancing with joy on the table in Starbucks (barely). 

BUT the part that was most wonderful and bittersweet (to me) was that I was working the last wedding, for the near (foreseeable) future, with my BFF/ showtune duet/ pee your pants in laughter/ finish your sentences/ creative genius business partner Alissa. We, with our awesome vendor friends (friendors?), had a BLAST with these two wonderful families while they celebrated in the golden light of Richland's rolling hills. All captured beautifully by Rick+Anna Photography

I'm so thankful. Congratulations E&J!



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Photography Rick+Anna Photography

Planning, day of stationery, chalkboards, bistro lighting Maris Events (that's us!)

Reception venue, catering, wine, bar service J. Bookwalter Winery

Ceremony venue Eltopia's St Paul's Catholic Church

Baker Frost Me Sweet

DJ Platinum Entertainment

Band Mariachi Estrella de Mexico

Dance instruction Sueños de Salsa

Florist My Garden Overfloweth

Hair and Makeup Yada Salon Richland

Rentals Grand Event Rentals (tent) ABC Rentals by CORT (moscow mule mugs) Will. B Kids Inflatables (bouncy castle)

Transportation Four Star Limousine

Videography Michael Grant